Think locally, act locally: A community can only be sustainable if it is also able to sustain itself
Samsø, Denmark, once a meeting place for the vikings now is a gathering place for people interested in community development and sustainability. The Samsø Energy Academy, the non-profit that facilitated the island's community-driven energy transition to 100% renewable energy back in 2007 currently supports the municipality of Samsø to become completely independent from fossil fuels by 2030.
The Energy Academy receives annually some thousands of energy visitors, to hear and see first-hand the process that led to success and through international cooperations it reaches out and supports communities around the world (Asia, Australia, North America, Africa).
On Samsø we now work with the consequences of climate change and have 7 concrete objectives:
- That fossil fuels are not used on Samsø
- That the decentralized and flexible energy system for renewable energy production are maintained and further developed
- That fuel for transport on Samso and to/from the island will be based on renewable energy
- To focus on significant heating savings
- To work for substantial savings on the electricity consumption
- To seize opportunities as they arise
- To strengthen and establish partnerships